Chronic Pancreatitis: It Might Lead To Pancreatic Cancer If Neglected

Chronic Pancreatitis: It Might Lead To Pancreatic Cancer If Neglected

Do you experience abdominal pain that gets worse after eating? You might be suffering from chronic pancreatitis! You know what? Chronic pancreatitis harms your pancreas. It might even lead to diabetes. Chronic pancreatitis can also lead to pancreatic cancer if left untreated. Hence get your chronic pancreatitis treated now! Read on for more insights…

Do you experience abdominal pain that gets radiated at your back? Does that abdominal pain get worse after eating? Do you experience tenderness when you touch your abdomen? Do you experience these symptoms regularly? You might be suffering from chronic pancreatitis!

What is chronic pancreatitis?
Chronic pancreatitis is a gradual inflammation of the pancreas. If you have had an injured pancreas, you might get acute inflammations regularly that can cause chronic pancreatitis. It leads to irreversible damage to the pancreas.

What are the symptoms of chronic pancreatitis?
You might have chronic pancreatitis if you suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain that radiates at your back
  • Abdominal pain that gets worse after eating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

The pain due to chronic pancreatitis can be of 2 types:
Type 1: You might experience pain in the form of intervals that lasts from days to weeks
Type 2: You might get prolonged and severe pain.

You might also develop neural inflammation, neurohormonal changes and abnormal feedback mechanisms due to chronic pancreatitis. Now that’s shocking, right?

What causes chronic pancreatitis?
In a healthy body, enzymes are produced inside the pancreas, then the enzymes move through ducts and travel to the small intestine. If the enzymes stay in your pancreas and get activated there itself, the cells of the pancreas get irritated that causes inflammation of the pancreas. If this repeats again and again, you might have chronic pancreatitis.

Chronic pancreatitis occurs because of the following causes:

  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Gallstones
  • Malnutrition
  • Hypocalcaemia (excess levels of calcium in the body)
  • Trauma

How is chronic pancreatitis diagnosed?
Your doctor might diagnose chronic pancreatitis by the following methods:

  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram)

ERCP is a process wherein a flexible tube is inserted in your pancreas through your mouth to study your pancreas.

TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC PANCREATITIS

  • Your doctor might help you in relieving your pain by suggesting some medications. If the pain becomes severe you might have to undergo surgery wherein your doctor will block the nerves that are sending pain signals from your pancreas to brain.
  • You might have to take pancreatic enzymes in the form of tablets.
  • Your doctor might refer you to a dietitian who will suggest you some low-fat meals.
  • If pain becomes unbearable, you might have to undergo surgery to get your pancreas

If left untreated chronic pancreatitis can cause:

You know what?
Diabetes is the leading cause for blindness in working-age adults and people with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing heart disease than people without diabetes.

Chronic pancreatitis increases the risk of pancreatic cancer. About 4 out of 100 people who suffer from chronic pancreatitis develop pancreatic cancer.

Hence see if you are suffering from any symptoms of chronic pancreatitis and consult a gastroenterologist surgeon at eVaidya to treat your problem. You can even subscribe for consultation plans to Ask a Doctor on eVaidya.

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